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Easy-To-Use Friction Testing

February 19, 2010 11:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Advanced Friction Tester from Gardco (Pomano Beach, FL) produces detailed fingerprints of new substrates, coatings, and production samples. These characteristic can be saved and compared at any time, allowing the manufacturer to specify the optimum surface finish for any packaging process.

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High-TEK Industrial Fans

February 19, 2010 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) announces the TEK Plug Fans, which feature TEK backward curved airfoil wheels. The TEK Impellers combine precision injection molding techniques with modern high-strength plastics to produce a wheel that is stronger than steel, yet half the weight.

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Get Comfortable With Lift Trucks

February 19, 2010 11:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has launched a new series of lift trucks with lifting capacities of 55,000 to 70,000 lbs. The H550-700HD models are ideal for steel manufacturing, loading general cargo, and stacking loaded or unloaded containers. The newly designed models feature the ComforCab II operator compartment, which enhances operator comfort to maximize productivity.

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Finding Their Comfort Zone

February 19, 2010 10:05 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It seems even a struggling economy has its, well, sweet spots. At least that's what Fort Wayne, IN-based Ellison Bakery is hoping after unveiling the first line of cookies to ever carry the 65-year-old bakery's name. The introduction of their Super-Moist line this past summer represents just one of many key decisions the company has made in transforming from humble beginnings in a two-car garage to a 120,000-square-foot operation.

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Re-Shoring — Bringing Manufacturing Back To American Suppliers

February 19, 2010 10:00 am | by Michael Collins, President, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

In May, the National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metals Association will sponsor a re-shoring fair that will be all about bringing back work that has been outsourced to foreign competitors.  You may be wondering why this is happening.  Did President Obama negotiate a secret deal with the Chinese to reduce imports?  Are omniscient customers anticipating the crash of the dollar? No it is not as simple as these answers.

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Turbine Maker Recalls 79 Workers At Pa. Plant

February 19, 2010 3:59 am | News | Comments

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa has brought back 79 workers laid off from a western Pennsylvania plant in November. The company says it will also hire 50 more workers at its plant in Ebensburg, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. Company officials said in November that 141 people were laid off, including the 79 who have been recalled.

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Is Wichita The Next Detroit?

February 19, 2010 3:50 am | by Molly McMillin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita's business jetmakers sometimes think about Detroit. Not that many years ago, U.S. automakers weren't too concerned about emerging foreign competitors. Productivity was poor, costs were out of control, and they became complacent, said Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton.

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Ind. Truck Part-Maker Shuttered, 225 Jobs Cut

February 19, 2010 3:35 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana factory that makes truck parts is being shut down, with about 225 people to lose their jobs. Accuride Corp. spokeswoman Eva Schmitz says its Gunite Corp. factory in Elkhart will be closed by May 1. Its production will be moved to factories in Rockford, Ill.

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Toyoda To Testify Before Congress Over Recalls

February 19, 2010 3:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, ,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president Akio Toyoda, under fire for his handling of sweeping recalls, will testify before a congressional hearing next week, appealing to U.S. lawmakers and aggrieved customers for understanding while the company fixes its safety problems. Japanese officials praised the decision by Toyoda, grandson of the company's founder, to accept a formal invitation to explain the recalls and outline plans by the world's largest automaker to ensure safety and satisfy worried car buyers.

Exec Indicted In Price-Fixing, Bribery-Based Food Cartel

February 19, 2010 3:33 am | by Robin Hindery, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former owner of a California food company was indicted Thursday in an alleged price-fixing plot that involved buyers for some of the nation's biggest food chains. A federal grand jury in Sacramento charged Frederick Scott Salyer with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

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Eaton Suspends Production After Death

February 19, 2010 3:29 am | News | Comments

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The Eaton Corp. has suspended production at its plant in Belmond after a worker died on the job. Company officials say 51-year-old Doug Barkema, of Belmond, died in an accident at the plant Wednesday afternoon. Jason Smith, director of North American Automotives for Eaton, says production will not be restarted until officials determine what happened.

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Finding The Right Manufacturer For Your RFID Hardware

February 18, 2010 10:07 am | by Tamara Harri s, RFID Wizards | Articles | Comments

As in any consideration when trying to produce a product, there are a number of factors that need to be considered in selecting a manufacturer. Cost, quality, reliability and deliverability are just a few. When looking at manufacturing RFID hardware, however, all of the above factors and more should come into consideration.

I'm Suing You, And You, And You

February 18, 2010 8:40 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

We’ve all heard enough talk about Toyota’s recalls and quality control troubles of late, and I’ll do my best to not repeat what’s already been said about the company. Frankly, I’ve grown tired of it, and I’m sure some of you have as well.

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Pickin' Up Bad Vibrations

February 18, 2010 8:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Balmac Inc. (Plain City, OH) offers the Model 4216 Vibration Analyzer with an LED Strobe Light for vibration analysis and dynamic balancing applications. The analyzer is a portable solution for vibration and balancing work with a highly efficient, high-brightness light source.

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Keep An Eye On Logistics

February 18, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TECSYS, Inc. (Montreal, Canada) announces the EliteSeries 8 Visual Logistics, which enables customers to streamline putaway, picking and packing, and achieve a high order accuracy. The new version is founded on web-based technology that communicates the “what, when, where, why, and how” of plant logistics.

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Tubing Doesn't Stand A Chance

February 18, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Han-Kwang USA (Lombard, IL) announces its Model TL 6015, a tube cutting laser system capable of handling 24’ long, 6.5” diameter workpieces. The maximum wall thicknesses are up to ¼” in mild steel and 1/5” in stainless steel. A 2.5KW Panasonic laser and a versatile Siemens 840D CNC controls all function of the machine, alongside Han-Kwangs proprietary “Flex 3D” tube cutting software.

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Hit The Right Harmonies

February 18, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danfoss Drives (Milwaukee, WI) introduces the VLT Low Harmonic Drive, which performs real-time analysis and actively imposes currents, as needed, to ensure the highest quality sine waves from the power supply grid. All VLT drives are individually-configured according to the customer’s specific needs.

Worker Dies At Eaton's Belmond, Iowa Plant

February 18, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The Eaton Corp. says a worker has died on the job at its plant in Belmond in northern Iowa. Company spokeswoman Julie Habbouche says 51-year-old Doug Barkema, of Belmond, died in the accident on Wednesday. She says Barkema was a machine operator and had worked at the plant for 24 years.

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CPSC Warns Of 'Creative' Punishments For Sloppy Manufacturers

February 17, 2010 11:03 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's top safety officials is delivering a stern warning to the makers of toys, cribs and other children's products, telling them to put safety first — or face potential fines, lawsuits or other actions. "If you resist our efforts to recall children's products, be forewarned: This commission stands ready to be creative in the use of our enforcement authorities," Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum said Wednesday.

Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips Recalled For Lead

February 17, 2010 10:13 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Utah company is recalling 900 bracelets for babies and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that a 10-month-old girl received medical treatment for elevated lead levels after being exposed to one of the baby bracelets.

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